December 23, 2012 |
"THERE'S A REAL difference between not being criminally charged versus running a campaign properly. " That point, made by U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. this month as he closed the criminal case against Kwame R. Brown's 2008 reelection campaign, is apparently lost on the former D.C. Council chairman. That's all the more reason we hope that D.C. election officials are serious about pursuing lingering issues that surround this campaign. Mr. Machen called upon the D.C. Board of Elections — which had requested the federal...
December 14, 2012 |
As expected, Che Brown, the brother of former D.C. Council chairman and convicted felon Kwame Brown , pleaded guilty this week to a federal charge of bank fraud. Kwame Brown pleaded guilty to a similar charge in June and is serving a six-month sentence of home detention. Are a judicial tongue-lashing and a curfew in Che Brown's future, too? We won't know until March 5, when he is scheduled for sentencing. More intriguing is what U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. had to say this week...
December 13, 2012 |
The District's top federal prosecutor urged city elections officials to keep probing the reelection campaign of former D.C. Council chairman Kwame R. Brown on Thursday even as his office concluded its criminal investigation. The announcement by U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. that his office does not plan to bring additional charges related to Brown's 2008 campaign came hours after the former council chairman's brother pleaded guilty to bank fraud. Che Brown, 44, admitted in federal court to lying...
December 9, 2012 |
SOON AFTER a felony charge was filed against the brother of former D.C. Council chairman Kwame R. Brown, his attorney released a statement that amounted to a thumb in the eye to federal prosecutors. "My client Che Brown was charged with bank fraud — not campaign finance fraud or theft or anything remotely related to his role in his brother's political campaign," said A. Scott Bolden in reporting Mr. Brown will plead guilty "not to political corruption, but to his personal mistakes.
December 5, 2012 |
The brother of former D.C. Council chairman Kwame R. Brown will plead guilty in federal court to lying on loan documents, his attorney said Wednesday. Federal prosecutors charged Che M. Brown with bank fraud in court papers filed Wednesday, accusing him of inflating his income by an estimated $35,000 on loan documents he submitted to a mortgage company in 2010. The charge against Brown, 44, came in a "criminal information," a document that can be filed only with...
November 13, 2012 |
"I AM NOT a victim. It was stupid. I was wrong. " With those words, with his voice cracking, former D.C. Council chairman Kwame R. Brown (D) faced a federal judge who, in sentencing him for bank fraud, spared him jail time in favor of home detention and community service. It was a far cry from the January morning in 2011 when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. swore Mr. Brown into the city's second-highest elective office. It was also a sad but powerful reminder that no one is...